From the famous to the infamous, these are the personalities that helped define Canada

A photo illustration of Canadian icons, including Margaret Atwood and Celine Dion

The Decade in Icons

As the 2010s come to a close, we look back at a mix of your favourite stories and speakers. From the famous to the infamous, these are the personalities that helped define Canada



Photograph of Tessa Virtue.

The Olympics Are Over, but Tessa Virtue Is Just Getting Started

BY GENNA BUCK
It’s been one year since she became the most famous figure skater in the world. How do you move on from being the best?



Photograph by Rob MacInnis

The Charmed Life of Esther the Wonder Pig

BY JASON MCBRIDE
What one celebrity pet can tell us about our curious and complicated relationship with animals



Photograph by Daniel Ehrenworth

The Professor of Piffle

BY IRA WELLS
The dangerous underside of Jordan Peterson’s crusade against the humanities


The Sky Is Not the Limit

BY JULIE PAYETTE
The first astronauts were male, American, and English-speaking. Following their footsteps once seemed impossible


Photo of Celine Dion

Céline Dion is Everywhere

BY SUZANNAH SHOWLER
At fifty-one, Dion is wrapping up her Vegas residency with a world tour, an album, and two movies in the works. Why has it taken forty years for the world’s most talented singer to finally become cool?



An illustration of the writer, Margaret Atwood, in profile. She is facing the right and has a halo of wild, curly hair.

The Making of Margaret Atwood

BY TAJJA ISEN AND DANIEL VIOLA
An oral history of the writer’s journey from student poet to cultural prophet



Illustration by Graham Roumieu

The Story behind the Rob Ford Story

BY IVOR TOSSELL
A little-known Supreme Court ruling unmuzzled reporters—and changed Canadian journalism


Tranna Wintour Transcends Gender Labels

BY TRANNA WINTOUR
To me, being trans means surpassing the limitations of binary thinking


imam sitting in a room

The Imam Who Saves Muslim Men From Radicalization

BY NADIM ROBERTS
When Navaid Aziz realized his mosque in Calgary had a problem with jihadists, he stepped up



Photograph by George Pimentel

The Rise of Tanya Tagaq

BY DREW NELLES
Her music is like nothing else in the world



Christine Sinclair runs on the soccer field.

The Game Not Played

BY RICHARD POPLAK
Christine Sinclair, the greatest female soccer player in the world, won’t get the career she deserves



Photo by Peter Wall / SOI Foundation

Becoming Natan Obed

BY SAMIA MADWAR
The national Inuit representative is the most important leader many Canadians haven’t heard of


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